Layna Mosley

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
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About Layna

Mosley's current research projects include the effects of international capital mobility on government policy choices, the role of private sector actors in global financial regulation, and the relationship between labor rights and foreign direct investment.

In the News

"Why Trump's Potential Restrictions on Highly Skilled Immigration Could Shift Jobs Overseas," Layna Mosley, Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, March 22, 2017.
""America First" Will Set Back U.S. and NC Economies," Layna Mosley, The News & Observer, February 4, 2017.
"Does Globalization Hurt Poor Workers? It's Complicated," Layna Mosley, The Washington Post, September 15, 2016.


"Categories, Creditworthiness, and Contagion: How Investors' Shortcuts Affect Sovereign Debt Markets" (with Sarah M. Brooks and Raphael Cunha). International Studies Quarterly 59, no. 3 (2014): 587-601.

Argues that professional investors tend to sort sovereign borrowers into categories, based on geography, marker development or creditworthiness; and that these categorizations help to explain governments' cost of capital. Helps to explain contagion and diffusion of risk, in crises as well as in "normal" periods of market operation.

"Chains of Love? Global Production and the Firm-Level Diffusion of Labor Standards" (with Edmund J. Malesky). American Journal of Political Science 68, no. 3 (2018).

Investigates the effect of global supply chain relationships on firms' willingness to invest in labor-related upgrading. Focuses on firms based in Vietnam, and considers how these firms respond differently to varying foreign economic opportunities. 

"Labor Rights and Multinational Production" (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Explores the relationship between multinational production and workers rights. Employs both statistical analyses, presenting new data on collective labor rights for a wide range of countries; and on qualitative analyses. Draws a distinction between the effects on workers of directly owned versus subcontracted production.

"Protecting Workers Abroad and Industries at Home: Rights-Based Conditionality in Trade Preference Programs" (with Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and Robert Galantucci). Journal of Conflict Resolution (forthcoming): 1-30.

Investigates the use of labor-related conditions in trade agreements. Focuses on the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences program and evaluates the extent to which conditions are used to address labor issues, versus being employed as a means of veiled protectionism.

"Global Capital and National Governments" (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Investigates the implications of financial openness for government policymaking, via an exploration of sovereign debt. Uses interviews, archival evidence, and statistical analyses to assess the extent to which investors' attention to default risk and to government policies varies across countries and over time.